Monday, 8 November 2010
Making It Up As They Go Along
Good actors, never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.
Jessica Alba has been attributed with the above highly confusing quote. I hope she was misquoted or taken severely out of context because otherwise this is a seriously bizarre comment to make. John August (A successful screenwriter) takes her to task here. But as a wannabe screenwriter I think I also need to put this out there and maybe add a few points to John's take.
- Sin City. A great movie and one of the most faithful graphic novel to screen adaptations of all time. Was it a coincidence that the dialogue she was making up (presuming she classes herself as a good actor) was in some cases exactly the same as that in the graphic novel?
- What's the point of being an actor who also writes (Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, David Cross). Wouldn't it be better to just work at becoming a good actor so that you can just make-up your dialogue on the spot instead of waste time with a script? Maybe they get two pay cheques.
I don't know. It's all highly confusing. I really hope Jalba was taken out of context. Mostly because my girlfriend loves her. If she's right and this really is how Hollywood works then SERIOUSLY Jessica - what the fuck were you up to in The Love Guru?